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post #1 of 15 Old 04-30-2012, 09:41 AM Thread Starter
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Question about a pregnant mare

Back in January, a vet did an internal exam for pregnancy of my mare that I purchased from a horse trader back in the fall. He said she was pregnant and due sometime in May. I had the barn vet come out and give her vaccinations Friday, and she said my mare wasn't pregnant. The mare looks pregnant and her bag is starting to change dropping down more, even though it is not filling up with milk. Over the last week, her body has gotten a little larger each day. The mare has not been "in season" over the last six months that I have had her, even with a stallion in the area. Could the second vet be wrong? Has anyone else ever had a situation like this? Thanks for any advice you can give.
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post #2 of 15 Old 04-30-2012, 09:54 AM
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Did the second vet palpate? If not there is no way for that vet to look at a horse and say it is or isn't pregnant...
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Back in January, a vet did an internal exam for pregnancy of my mare that I purchased from a horse trader back in the fall. He said she was pregnant and due sometime in May. I had the barn vet come out and give her vaccinations Friday, and she said my mare wasn't pregnant. The mare looks pregnant and her bag is starting to change dropping down more, even though it is not filling up with milk. Over the last week, her body has gotten a little larger each day. The mare has not been "in season" over the last six months that I have had her, even with a stallion in the area. Could the second vet be wrong? Has anyone else ever had a situation like this? Thanks for any advice you can give.
Did the second vet do an internal exam???

Mares all bag up differently.
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What did the second vet base their statement on? You say they were there to vaccinate-did they palpate your mare to form tis judgement?
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post #5 of 15 Old 04-30-2012, 12:24 PM
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When in doubt, my vet always does an ultrasound. I don't like to rely on palpations alone because they are not fool proof. My vet actually told me that. Sometimes, they are very obvious, other times they are questionable.
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What reasoning did she say as to why she doesn't believe she is pregnant? I would be getting a second opinion if possible. Or have that vet. Come back out and do pal or ultrasound. Just like other's said each mare shows signs different and some don't even show the normal signs at all.
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post #7 of 15 Old 04-30-2012, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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Both vets did palpations.
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Absolutely. We purchased a mare from an auction and she kept getting bigger and bigger. We had a vet palpate her and said she wasn't pregnant.

Months go by, and she's bigger and bigger, and she has a bag. 2nd person palpates her, and oh! There's a baby.

She foaled a healthy filly. The first vet said the foal must have been positioned to where she couldn't feel it? (I've never palpated a horse so I don't know what it feels like or how to find the foal) But obviously the first vet missed the foal.

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She said she could feel her ovaries, but not a foal. We put her near one of the stalled stallions, but she did not react to him. Some people say this is not a good indicator. Has anyone ever hear of measuring the girth and comparing it to the flank area?
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post #10 of 15 Old 04-30-2012, 03:06 PM
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What point of pregnancy was the mare at for the two palpations? The weight and size of the foal can pull the foal down below the pelvic rim later in pregnancy....further out of reach for palpation. I would consider ultrasound.
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